Dr Rob Philburn

Dr Rob Philburn

Lecturer in Sociology

  • Allerton Building L510
  • T: 0161 295 5089
  • E: r.philburn@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

Thurs 12.00noon-2.00pm


I came to Salford in 1995 to study on the then MSc in Sociology. Following this I won an ERSC scholarship for my PhD, which looked into English and German Sociable Interaction. I became a full-time member of the Sociology and Criminology Directorate in 2006.

Since then I have occupied several roles at both Directorate and School level, including, Module Convenor, Sociology and Criminology Admissions Tutor and Retention Officer, Programme leader for the Sociology suite of programmes, Undergraduate Co-ordinator, School Academic Misconduct Offer, and Director of Undergraduate Studies.

I have taught on and helped develop a number of Sociology and Criminology modules and programmes, including core modules taken by Sociology and Criminology students.

My research has included work with local Youth Offending Teams, collaboration with other regional universities, and external consultancy work.

A current interest is road-crossing behavior.


Social Interaction

Identities and Interactions

Readings in the Sociology of Deviance

Analysing Social Data                

Sociology/Criminology Dissertation Co-ordinator

Research Interests

Conversation Analysis

Face and Facework

Social Stigma

Road-Crossing Behaviour

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Modern Studies

MSc Sociolgy

PhD Sociology

Cert Ed (FE)



Dennis, A., Philburn, R., and Smith, G (forthcoming  2013) Sociologies of Interaction. Polity

Quraishi, M., and Philburn, R (forthcoming 2013) Researching Race and Racism: A Guidebook for Academic and Professional Investigators. Sage.

Philburn, R (2011) 'Aspects of English and German Sociable Selfhood', in Witte, A & Harden, T (eds.), Intercultural Competence: Concepts, Challenges, Evaluations, Peter Lang, Oxford, UK.

Hazel, N & Philburn, R  2009 Evaluation of Salford Youthbuild, for: Action for Children and Salford City Council, Centre for Social Research, University of Salford, Salford, UK.